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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Sociologija / Sociology (S005)
Author(s): Tamutienė, Ilona;Laslett, Anne-Marie
Title: Associative stigma and other harms in a sample of families of heavy drinkers in Lithuania
Is part of: Journal of substance use. Philadelphia : Taylor & Francis INC,, 2017, Vol. 22, iss. 4
Extent: p. 425-433
Date: 2017
Note: Online ISSN: 1475-9942
Keywords: Alcohol’s harm to family;Redirected responsibility;Stigma;Synergistic harm effect
Abstract: The main aim of this study is to identify and contextualize the harms Lithuanian families experience when they include a heavy drinker. Methods: Twenty-four qualitative interviews with cohabiting spouses, and ex-partners of heavy drinkers were conducted in 2013–2014 and analysed for emergent themes. Results: Interviewees experienced an array of harms. These were categorised as: direct harms caused by the drinker; drinker-centred coping strategies which did not take children’s (and other adults’) needs into account and affected family members indirectly; abdication of or redirection of the drinker’s responsibilities to other family members; associative (reflected) stigma and isolation. Discussion: The direct harm caused by the drinker is only one fragment of alcohol’s harm to others. The drinker’s family members are stigmatised and commonly take on the usual roles and responsibilities of the drinker, with this particularly the case for women and their children. Internalisation of responsibility and drinker-centred coping styles also result in neglect of other family members’ needs. Conclusions: There are multiplicative effects from one family member’s heavy drinking on others, affecting adult members and children as they develop
Affiliation(s): Viešojo administravimo katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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